Cyn’s Designs & Artwork
Explore the mind of Cynthia Kirkeby from fantastical imaginings to adorable characters, detailed illustrations to elegant designs.
“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
-Robert A. Heinlein
I’m a strange amalgam of right-brain | left-brain thoughts. I’m a trained draftsman, artist, and writer. My portfolio includes logos, catalogs, stuffed animals, furniture, home and pet products, and even a very expensive cuckoo clock.
My grandfather taught me about shading and contours, my Dad would drop me off with the Medical Illustrator who worked at Stanford and she taught me how to show the inner workings of the body. Mr. Tavner was my first drafting teacher in 9th grade who fought to keep me in his class when the administration wanted to put me in Home Economics. I sold my first piece of art that year to a secretary at the school. It was a scratchboard illustration of a duck floating in a pond with a stretch of weeds behind it. Alan Lugena, at the University, taught me the importance of the intent behind every line that I put to paper (or in the computer). There are so many people that have taught me so much… I am forever grateful to every one of them.